Mesquite Solar project

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Mesquite Solar project
Mesquite Solar project is located in Arizona
Mesquite Solar project
Location of Mesquite Solar project
Country United States
Location Arlington, Arizona
Coordinates 33°20′N 112°55′W / 33.333°N 112.917°W / 33.333; -112.917Coordinates: 33°20′N 112°55′W / 33.333°N 112.917°W / 33.333; -112.917
Status Operational
Owner(s) Sempra Generation
Solar farm
Type Flat-panel PV
Site area 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
Power generation
Units operational 800,000
Nameplate capacity 150 (installed)
700 MW (max. planned)

The Mesquite Solar project is a photovoltaic power plant being built in Arlington, Maricopa County, Arizona, owned by Sempra Generation.[1] Phase 1 has a nameplate capacity of 150 megawatts (MW).[2] The project has a planned capacity of up to 700 MW when completed, making it the world's largest PV power station.[2][3]

Mesquite Solar 1 uses 800,000 solar panels from Suntech Power.[4][5] The EPC contractor is Zachry Holdings.[6] Construction began in 2011 and was completed in 2013.[4] Mesquite 1 is projected to generate more than 350 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually (an average of about 40 MW), and will offset roughly 200,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.[6]

Phase 1 cost about $600 million.[7] Sempra Generation has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for the 150 MW from Mesquite 1.[1]

In late December, 2011, 42 MW was completed and connected to the grid.[8] Sempra Energy completed the 150 MW phase of the Project in January 2013.[3]

Electricity production[edit]

Generation (MWh)[9]
Year Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Total
2011 1,245 1,711 2,956
2012 6,830 8,261 10,848 14,729 20,300 20,717 22,784 26,070 25,060 27,809 25,008 24,689 233,105
2013 26,897 31,203 35,698 37,963 39,751 39,487 38,113 36,261 35,489 38,806 27,362 26,581 413,611
2014 29,466 28,570 37,745 40,084 42,765 40,304 218,934
Total 707,708

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sempra Generation Contracts With PG&E for 150 MW of Solar Power". CNNMoney.com. October 12, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Mesquite Solar 1". Sempra Generation. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b Sempra Completes first phase of Mesquite Solar Project
  4. ^ a b Wesoff, Eric (February 3, 2011). "Suntech to Supply 800,000 PV Panels for Sempra’s Mesquite 1". Greentech Media. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  5. ^ Woody, Todd (February 4, 2011). "Arizona Solar Plant Picks Chinese Supplier". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Sempra Generation Selects Suntech and Zachry for Landmark Arizona Solar Power Plant". Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. February 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  7. ^ Goossens, Ehren (February 3, 2011). "Sempra Buying Suntech Panels for 150-Megawatt Solar Project". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2011-02-06. Scott Crider, a Sempra Generation spokesman, would not give a price for the Mesquite project. Photovoltaic “projects can range from $3.5 to $5.5 million per megawatt, that’s the general industry standard,” he said in an interview. 
  8. ^ "Sempra Generation commissions 42 MW at Mesquite Solar 1 plant". Solar Server. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Energy Information Administration. "Mesquite Solar 1, Monthly". Electricity Data Browser. Retrieved May 17, 2014.